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Understanding Design

Learn the Fundamentals of Design


IIT Bombay and NPTEL

About the Course

We are surrounded by designed objects, from highways that traverse thousands of kilometres to a pen drive that fits a lot in the smallest of spaces. Designers have used their skills to translate ideas and needs into all the objects that we see around us. This course aims to create an awareness and understanding of the discipline of design and its multidisciplinary nature. The relevance and value of design and how it impacts society, industry, and the environment are established through lectures, case studies, and project activities.

1.What You Will Learn?
2.Who Should Go For It?
3.Points to Note

The course offers you a comprehensive understanding of design. Throughout this course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the following topics:

An Introduction to Design
Users and Context
Design and Society
Design, Sustainability and Industry
Design and Collaboration
Innovation by Design

The Understanding of Design doesn't have any prerequisite and is intended for a wider range of audience

The Understanding of Design doesn't have any prerequisite and is intended for a wider range of audience
Individuals interested in collaborating with Designers
Engineering, Design, and Management Students
Anyone curious to learn about the Discipline of Design
The course is offered by IIT Bombay, ensuring high-quality educational content.
It is taught by Prof. Nina Sabnani, an artist and storyteller with expertise in design and animation.
The course is free to enrol but for a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by them in person at any of the designated exam centres.
You will be eligible for certification If your average assignment score is higher than 10 out of 25 and your exam score is more than 30 out of 75.


Field of Study:Understanding Design (Basic Course)
Type:Free Course
Duration:4 Weeks
Mode of Learning:Online
Average Salary Offered:The average salary offered in this field ranges from ₹ 1.50 LPA to ₹ 30.10 LPA depending upon your skills, experience, and level of knowledge.
Employment Roles:
  • Innovation Consultant
  • Design Thinking Facilitator
  • Product Innovation Manager
  • Entrepreneurship/Startup Consultant
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